We’re learning about the letter N, so I thought it would be fun to create a game that would allow us to do some squirrel-themed math using some of the mixed nuts we bought from the bulk bin at the grocery store. We call this fall math game for preschool and kindergarten Nuts about Math!
First I created a set of 30 problem cards. Ten are level 1, ten are level 2, and ten are level 3. For level 1, think very basic preschool math. Here’s a sample:
Level 2 is just a little harder.
And level 3 is more of a kindergarten (and sometimes first grade) level. But you may have a preschooler who is ready for the challenge!
I printed all the cards with a cute squirrel on the back of each one.
I set the bowl of mixed nuts next to the cards. As my kids drew a card, they attempted to answer the question. If they were correct, they got that number of nuts from the bowl. (If you want to go cheap, shelled peanuts is a much better option. However, my kids did enjoy the variety.)
I gave my Three only the level 1 cards. He played opposite his older brother (age 5) who played with the level 2 and 3 cards. However, this stretched the patience of my Three – next time I would play with just him and me.
My Six loved playing the game with me while the boys were outside watching Daddy mow the lawn. Even though the cards were very easy for her (except for a few of the level 3’s), she wanted to play several times and was happy to read the cards for my Five later.
I saw this on Pinterest and just had to stop by and tell you how much a love this unit.
Thank you so much, Dierdre!
Jaimi@The Stay-at-Home-Mom Survival Guide
You are amazingly productive, Anna! I love these cute and educational cards. Will do my best to share. Great ideas!
Thank you so much for sharing, Jaimi! I hope you’re feeling well — I am starting to get uncomfortable, and I’m just carrying ONE baby!
This is a great fall themed math activity. We have lots of squirrels and nuts near us, so it also ties into our rural theme fall themes as well. Thank you for sharing and for linking up this week to the Thoughtful Spot Weekly Blog Hop.
Thank you for checking it out, Jill!
Thank you so much for all the wonderful ideas. I just love your website and loved the shared article on writing.
You’re very welcome, Deborah! I’m so glad you’re finding things you can use.